VDMA: Climate summit needs binding and ambitious goals

Climate protection is a global challenge that affects more than just the industrialised nations,” says Denz. “Intelligent climate protection also has to take economic aspects into consideration.

 “The mechanical engineering industry in Germany expressly supports a credible climate protection obligation upon all signatory countries at an international level that is as comprehensive as possible,” says Naemi Denz, member of the board of the German Engineering Federation VDMA. “That is the only way to achieve the goals of containing climate change for the long term.”

The engineering and plant construction industry is already making it possible to use highly efficient technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the damage caused by climate change. But to instigate the necessary investment, policy-makers need to have stable, long-term framework conditions in place with an eye to the longer term. “Without the ability to plan reliably, it is impossible to assess the economic efficiency of new technologies,” warns Denz, who also heads the Technology and Environment Division of VDMA. “That could mean missing out on the necessary capital investment.”

The German engineering and plant construction industry is highly export-oriented. “Climate protection is a global challenge that affects more than just the industrialised nations,” says Denz. “Intelligent climate protection also has to take economic aspects into consideration. Although there are substantial climate protection potentials in the waste and energy industries and the transport sector in newly industrialised and developing countries, the situation in industrialised nations is somewhat different. But the problem is not a lack of efficiency technologies.”

The engineering and plant construction industry has a range of fully developed solutions available, from major industrial processes to energy-efficient and integrated building control technology and optimised machine components. “To cut greenhouse gas emissions in every sector, the use of efficiency technologies needs to be driven forward at a global level. This should be achieved using market-oriented tools only,” Denz recommends.

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